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DIGIT-AL – Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship

The digital transformation is challenging the European citizens in multiple ways: As employees at our workspace, as learners of all ages, or as conscious, self-responsible, and democratic citizens. Digital transformation in its effects relates to vast aspects of people's everyday life. Therefore, the project identifies approaches, topics, and tools, how to include and address the thematic field of digital transformation in adult education.

Competent Citizens in the Focus

Digital competence should enable people to approach these challenges. Adult education for Active Citizenship has a crucial role to play as it supports learners to develop these competencies and to participate in society as democratic and confident citizens. However, the field of Adult Education has to deal increasingly with an audience/target group that is more and more in a position of exposure to the transformation while not being sufficiently equipped to understand digital transformation in its aspects to democracy, and society.

Understanding the Bigger Picture

Such to develop digital competence goes far beyond media literacy and critical thinking development but pre-requires also a field of Adult Education which itself is confident and able to understand and develop learning concepts that address the democratic challenges and dimensions relating to digital transformation in its full range. Above all stands the belief: It’s the citizen who should design the social change and making use of new technology, not vice versa.

In particular, Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education has a potential that our project DIGIT-AL explores and aims to activate. In cross-sectoral collaboration, we deliver two handbooks, an app, and policy recommendations.

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